YouTube is a blessing: AFC Champions League edition

As you might have heard, it’s the AFC Champions League season again.

“But why should I care! I can’t even see my favourite extremely well paid former Premier League star Carlos Tevez anymore because his team got knocked out by that orange Australian team last week,” you might say.

(That “orange Australian team” is Brisbane Roar, by the way. And they’re one of two teams to wear orange in the tournament this year. But that’s a list for another time.)

We here at FOX Sports Asia are committed to bringing the light of Asian football into your life. In the first part of an ongoing series, we trawled through our favourite video archive to present to you – from goal celebrations to unfortunate blunders – 6 times the AFC Champions League brought unexpected lols to our lives.


1. Al Nassr vs Persepolis, 17 March 2015

The best part of this celebration (though honestly the entire thing is gold) is when Al Nassr midfielder Adrian Mierzejewski repeatedly gestures at his teammates not to mob him. Because he’s had this celebration all planned out for weeks probably, and he sure isn’t going to let his overenthusiastic buddies ruin it for everyone.


2. Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Pohang Steelers, 27 April 2010

Oh, 2010. The good old days of 240px video. The video resolution here won’t blow your socks off, but the sheer cheek of this game winning penalty kick by Sanfrecce Hiroshima just might.


3. Al-Ittihad FC vs Al Wehdat, 9 February 2016

An alternative fact: Coldplay once wrote a song about the trials and tribulations of being a referee. Nobody said it was easy… No one ever said it would be this hard.


4. Central Coast Mariners vs Guangzhou R&F, 17 February 2015

This brought back pleasant memories of Xabi Alonso’s famous goal against Luton from the half line… except that it was at the opposite end. Oh dear.


5. Al Ahli vs Al Ain, 6 April 2016

Anytime is a good time to show off your skills when you’re as good as Al Ain’s Omar Abdulrahman.


6. Shandong Luneng vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, March 3 2015

That… wasn’t very subtle at all. Shandong Luneng’s Yang Xu attempts the ‘Hand of God’ and gets handed a red card for his troubles.


YouTube is great and vast, and the AFC Champions League is hugely entertaining. So it’s entirely possible we missed your favourite moment! Catch us on Facebook and Twitter, or just drop us a comment below to let us know about it.